Thursday, May 03, 2007

I've Come To Fix Your Fridge...

Shhh don't tell her ladyship but I have a night of pure, X-Rated viewing ahead. It involves lots of heavy breathing, tension, moments of exaltation and disappointment and a heck of a lot of swingers. That’s right, it's election-day and tonight sees the pure political pornography that is results night! This year is more remote than the last elections as I have postal voted, whereas I campaigned and went to the count last time. It was most exciting. The political grouping I attended with made significant breakthroughs and the tension and relief were all around. As we walked round Meadowbank (where the count occurred) we saw some 'familure' faces fall as they lost their seats and others get very excited as new careers start. I was there from 10pm through to around 6am and didn't see my result come in, it happened whilst I was in the car going home before getting ready for school (where i promptly fell asleep in class!). That said it is most exciting, I was a party vote counter so got to watch the boxes be unloaded and watch for the marks against my party and provide guistimates as to how we were doing. Then I was amongst the group who would gather round and argue the toss if papers were spoilt ballots or not, gaining or loosing a few extras. Yet non of this was in isolation so we all had one ear pinned to the radio to hear how our groups were doing elsewhere in the country. Not only was there a real sense of expectation, there was a real sense of change and excitement about the place. Something special was taking place and we were all making it happen. Yet this time will be different. For the smaller parties a real challenge as it is turning into a vote Labour to keep the Nats (SNP) out or vote SNP to keep Labour out. As though the electorate are being bullied rather than allowed to express their opinion. That said there is more to politics than the Scottish Parliament. There are the council elections, voted for (for the first time) under a Proportional Representation system which means we could (and should) have a much more diverse council. This means the likelihood of ending the 23 years of a Labour controlled Edinburgh (they hoisted the red flag when they first got in). Elsewhere we have Wales electing its assembly and much of England going to the polls and big councils such as Manchester have the challenge of remaining Tory free zones! Whatever your up to today enjoy yourself, vote if you can and lets see what delights tonight brings.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Real Food

Lurpak butter are running a very clever set of adverts nicely linking in with the general media bubble of environmental consciousness. The above advert is a message of love to mushrooms. I had seen it earlier today and was glad to see it on youtube. I certainly salute the person who found out mushrooms were edible to humans, though pity the human who found the ones that weren't. Here we have the blessed potato - give it it's due and don't just incinerate it in a microwave! Take Care Y'All John

Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

Adam Lyal's Witchery Tour Party - Scottish National Party - British National Party - Christian Peoples Alliance - Publican Party - Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers - Scottish Christian Party - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - Scottish Enterprise Party - Scottish Green Party - Scottish Labour Party - Scottish Liberal Democrats - Scottish Senior Citizens Party - Scottish Socialist Party - Scottish Voice - Socialist Labour Party - Solidarity - The Had Enough Party - UKIP Scotland - Margo MacDonald (Independent) - Alex Scott (Independent) - Duncan Thorp (Independent) - John Gibb Wilson (Independent)
Parties/Groups/Individuals Listed for Edinburgh South Regional List Yesterday I recieved my postal ballot paper for my home election (the Scottish Parliament). This one envelope contained papers which gave me three votes. 1) One vote is for my council ward 2) One vote is for my Constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament 3) One vote is for my regional member of the Scottish Parliament. This is all rather exciting and I have been surfing the web to decide who to vote for. Having made up my mind I thought about blogging to tell you, then thought that would possibly go against the idea of it being a secret ballot therefore instead leave the following random words and numbers; 1) Liberal Democrat 2) Liberal Democrat 3) Scottish Green Party Whilst I would love to explore with you reasons to vote for particular groups I realise that instead I am required to just ask you to
Get Out And Use Your Vote
The reason behind this simple message is that if you do not the fascists will get in. The British National Party are standing candidates in the Scottish Parliament elections and due to the voting system a low turnout could see them returned to Parliament. I know the Scotland that I love, that I enjoy being in and the scottish people that I know would all agree on one thing - that one of the great strengths of Scotland is its diversity. Therefore to elect a party who use fear and hatred to marginalise large proportions of the population would not only be wrong, it would also be non preportional. Secondary to that is the abomination that is the BNP claiming to be the only true Christian party, yet nowhere in the bible do I find Jesus talking of racial segregation, discrimenation or forcable repatriation. As ever the Methodist Church have produced aquality briefing on this which can be downloaded by clicking here for a general briefing and here for the more specialised briefing . Elsewhere in the blogosphere, there is a brilliant piece here about the worrying presence of the BNP in South Wales.I started with a list of all the groups standing in the regional list, I leave with another list, that of Scotlands Story;
Scotlands Story by The Proclaimers Michael McGrory from West Donegal You came to Glasgow with nothing at all You fought the landlord then the Africa Korps When you came to Glasgow with nothing at all Abraham Caplan from Vilnius you came You were heading for New York but Leith's where you've stayed You built a great business which benefits all Since you came to this land with nothing at all In Scotland's story I read that they came The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane But so did the Irishman, Jew and Ukraine They're all Scotland's Story and they're all worth the same Joseph D'Angelo dreams of the days When Italian kids in the Grassmarket played We burned out his shop when the boys went to war But auld Joe's a big man and he forgave all In Scotland's story I@m told that they came The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane But where's all the Chinese and Indian names? They're in my lands story and they're all worth the same Christina McKay, I learned of your name How you travelled south from Delny one day You raised a whole family in one room they say And the X on the line stands in place of your name So in the old story I'll bet that I came From Gael and Pict and Angle and Dane And a poor migrant girl who could not write her name It's a common old story but it's mine just the same All through the story the immigrants came The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane From Pakistan, England and from the Ukraine We're all Scotland's story and we're all worth the same Your Scotland's story is worth just the same (Lyrics taken from